School of Psychology

Postgraduate study

The School of Psychology at the University of Sussex is one of the largest centres for the study of psychology in the UK. You will work in an intellectually stimulating and supportive environment for postgraduate study and research. We offer both taught (masters courses) and research courses (PhD and MPhil) in psychology. You will work in a large community of postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers in specialist facilities. Our masters courses are recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council. You will also have the opportunity to study either full time or part time.

Taught courses (Masters)

You will be taught by world-renowned researchers 
  • We constantly develop and update our modules on taught courses. You will take a series of taught modules that will help you gain the knowledge and skills required.
  • If you would like an idea of the types of projects our students have worked on visit our dissertation and projects page.
  • We offer masters courses recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council. 
We will support you as you prepare for your career
  • We work with a range of partners in government, industry and business so our students experience and learn about the practical applications of psychological theory.
  • We are committed to your future which is why our career support continues beyond graduation. 
  • You will develop skills such as numeracy, critical thinking, problem solving, communication, working to deadlines and independent working.
Find out if you are eligible for funding schemes
Entry requirements 

To see our entry requirements for each postgraduate course see our postgraduate prospectus.

 Research courses (PhD and MPhil)

You will study in a department recognised for its research
  • Our research has real world impact, informs government policies and fuels media debates, which is why it is internationally renowned*.
  • Psychology at Sussex was ranked tenth out of 82 submissions in the Research Excellence Framework 2014. Overall, 100 per cent of our research was rated as recognised internationally or better, of which 45 per cent of our research was recognised as world leading and 46 per cent of our research was recognised as internationally excellent.
  • Our research was ranked seventh in the UK for research impact*. 
  • We have more than 50 teaching faculty who are actively engaged in research, so we have the expertise to support you. 

*Research Excellence Framework 2014

We will prepare you for your future career
  • The School of Psychology offers a series of postgraduate workshops in advanced research methods, suitable for research students, post-docs and established researchers. The workshops provide training in quantitative methods, research methods, laboratory techniques and cognitive psychology and are taught in the school's computer laboratories, so you can get hands-on experience of the various methods. The workshops are designed to develop these key skills to help enhance your employment prospects as you embark on your career after leaving Sussex.

You may be eligible for funding schemes
  • To see information about fees visit our postgraduate prospectus.
  • Research Council funding is available to UK/EU applicants only. Applicants must be able to satisfy the Research Council eligibility criteria (i.e. UK residency) in order to be considered for full funding.
  • Studentships will pay tuition fees and a maintenance allowance. The maintenance allowance is currently £14,057 per annum. 
  • All studentships are awarded on a competitive basis. Read further information on these additional funding sources.

  • In addition to the funded projects currently listed on our web pages we are happy to consider research proposals from self-funding applicants or those with their own scholarships/sponsors. Please refer to faculty research interests in the subject pages of the postgraduate prospectus. 

  • All initial enquiries should be addressed to the Postgraduate Coordinator, at Read more about our application procedures. 

We will support you throughout your study
  • Each PhD student is allocated a supervisory team, including a main supervisor with expertise in your chosen area of research.

  • If you would like help on writing your research proposal or would like to read answers to some of our frequently asked questions look at our list of tips.[Microsoft Word document].

  • See some examples of the research our PhD students have been involved in. You will also be able to watch a video which gives a taster of student life in our research department. 
Entry Requirements
Download our research brochure

Picture of the research brochure front cover

You can read more about our research: Research Guide [PDF 18.58MB]